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Graduation. Onward and beyond.

Graduation. Onward and beyond.

July 1, 2018 |  Category:   life parenting

June and the end of the school year is always bittersweet around here, but when the month ends with a milestone like a graduation, those sentiments get magnified to the point where I find myself flipping through old photos of when the kids were young with their chubby cheeks and adorable matching haircuts because I want to hold on to them longer. Sappy I know, but I am a wildly sentimental person. More so as I get older. Middle school graduation has hit the hardest so far because there are so many changes that happen during those years and most kids in the city leave their district schools and many of their friends who they’ve been with for the past… CONTINUE READING

Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

May 29, 2018 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

I took a day off on Friday for my annual memorial visit to The Met in May to honor my late brother. I’ve really come to look forward to these quiet, solo visits to the museum and it just so happens that it coincides with the opening month of the Costume Institute’s annual exhibition. Church and religion is complicated for me (as it is for many people), and I was even a former Catholic school girl for 7 years (though I am not Catholic), but I do love the ritual and pageantry of it. The decision to put the collection in the Medieval Sculpture Hall was smart as it gives the dresses room to breathe in a space that boasts… CONTINUE READING

the spring and the rain

the spring and the rain

May 23, 2018 |  Category:   life

The cherry blossoms are long gone, but I couldn’t let a spring go without posting photos of their beauty here. Because they were beautiful, yes, but they were gone in a flash – even quicker than usual it seemed. It’s been raining. A lot. You know, I like the rain and gloom and all, but I think I’m becoming one of those people who get negatively affected by weather when there are more than a few consecutive rainy days strung together. It’s also been bad for business. During outdoor market season, we watch the Sunday forecast like a hawk. The difference between a sunny day and a rainy day (or even a cloudy one) is the difference between a day… CONTINUE READING

Magnolias are back this year

Magnolias are back this year

May 7, 2018 |  Category:   life

We had a season without magnolias last year because of warm February and cold April temps and it was like the world had reset when the magnolias came back this year in full glory. I almost forgot how gracefully beautiful the large billowy petals are. Spring, even more so than Fall, is a season that is fleeting, and more so each year. Seems like every April we’re pushed to desperation for Spring to arrive; when it finally does and the city transforms from gray and brown to pinks and greens, we breathe again. It was nice to see the magnolias this year. Spring was out of sorts without those first tree blossoms to signal the transition of the seasons last… CONTINUE READING

A year of breakfasts

A year of breakfasts

April 9, 2018 |  Category:   cooking life

I love breakfast, what about you? I mean, normally, I have yogurt with some berries and/or granola during the weekdays with my coffee every morning, but weekends…those are the mornings when breakfasts tend to be more elaborate spreads and savored leisurely over a big cup of coffee. I started posting weekend breakfasts on Instagram about a year or two ago and thought it would be fun to see some of them together on a post here (I see that hash browns from Trader Joe’s is featured more than once, ha). As much as I love a good brunch, we rarely go out for it. I think the last time we went out for brunch a while ago and paid a… CONTINUE READING

10 years

10 years

March 20, 2018 |  Category:   favorite posts life me rambling

All winter, I’d been keenly aware that the 10 year anniversary of this blog was coming up in March. I knew I wanted to write a post to commemorate it, but it felt like a daunting task. Like anything in life when you’re marking a significant milestone, the weight of self-reflection is heavy. 10 years. Where were we then? Where are we now? When I read the very first post on this blog, I think back to what a scary and confusing time that was, when the economy was tanking and Mark got laid off from a new job after finally finding the motivation to leave his long-time restaurant pastry chef position. But there’s also an optimism and excitement in… CONTINUE READING

chrysanthemums are the most amazing flowers

chrysanthemums are the most amazing flowers

February 10, 2018 |  Category:   life

I’ve been sitting on these photos from the Chrysanthemum Show at the New York Botanical Garden for two months and finally got a chance to look through the images. This is a yearly event at the Garden and one I look forward to every November. The variety of specimens, colors and shapes are truly incredible, and the way the expert gardeners train the flowers into pyramids, lattices and other forms make for a dazzling display. I do appreciate the art of how these flowers are meticulously trained, but for me, the blooms themselves——which can grow as big as a very large grapefruit——are the real star.… CONTINUE READING

the new year

the new year

January 7, 2018 |  Category:   life

We’re settling into a deep winter slumber of cold weather hibernation that’s brought on partly from post-holiday let down and partly from unbearably cold temperatures. No need to bore you with details as I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos and memes of this atypical East Coast cold snap, but it’s been very cold, considering we had such a warm Fall. But I guess we were due for a cold winter after the string of recent mild ones. De-Christmasing the house (and I do kind of love that word, “de-Christmas”) is always a little bittersweet, but it felt really good to clean up and remove all traces of the holiday this morning. Not without wrangling the brittle tree, of course.… CONTINUE READING

Life lately, Fall edition

Life lately, Fall edition

November 17, 2017 |  Category:   life

Seemed like we kept waiting for Fall to happen here in New York. An endless string of 70 degree days, well into deep October, and the trees hadn’t gotten the memo to change colors. Then one day it did and it got cold overnight, and we pulled out our boots and scarves and wondered if that was it. I know it’s technically still Fall, but the darkness that settles amid the late afternoon shadows around 4:30 makes it feel like it’s already winter. It never got cold enough when it counted for the leaves to give us their usual show of colors and for that reason it feels like we got ripped off of our favorite season. This Fall has… CONTINUE READING

Summer’s midpoint

Summer’s midpoint

August 4, 2017 |  Category:   life

Like a broken record, we all collectively wonder…where did the summer go? We’re technically at summer’s midpoint and there are still 5 weeks left before school starts, but psychologically, August feels like the beginning of the end. Why is that? There’s been a very familiar rhythm to our lives for quite some time. Familiar routines and schedules, just different years. While in one sense it’s comforting and even desired when you’re raising kids, it’s also oddly suffocating. I know that sounds contradictory, but all I can say is that I’m ready for some sort of shake up in my life – and not the bad kind that has plagued our family recently, but the good kind…the exciting and scary kind.… CONTINUE READING

the start of summer (plus a sale)

the start of summer (plus a sale)

July 6, 2017 |  Category:   life parenting

First things first: we're having a 20% off marshmallow sale on our site until July 10th (use code: MARSHMALLOWS) and on Etsy (sale prices as marked). Summers always make me think of campfires (one of my favorite nostalgic smells ever), and no campfire experience is complete without roasting marshmallows on sticks gathered in the woods. It's summer. Now that July is here and we've settled into our schedule of camps for the kids and (hopefully) a slower pace for us during the summer months, I'm hoping to pick up the projects that I had to set aside for the last 2 months. June was one of those "heads down and work" kind of months for both… CONTINUE READING

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

May 11, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

I’ve been really enjoying this spring season after what felt like a winter spent in hibernation. It’s just way too easy when you’re working from home to fall into the trap of never leaving your house. The number of consecutive days I’ve spent doing that is just way too embarrassing a number to admit to anyone, let alone myself, but making an effort to get out of the apartment has been well worth it these days when you’re rewarded with all the flowers of spring. For a few weeks, New York City is swathed in fluffs of pink. Then, all the tiny buds on trees begin their life cycle and dot the branches with green haze like a pointillist painting… CONTINUE READING

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